Committee finalizes review of Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme

IRELAND – The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), under the guidance of the FQAS Standard Setting Committee, has finalized the review of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS) expected to take effect from November 1, 2022. The formal review process, which began last autumn, saw the committee complete a root and branch review of…

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Researchers look to identify bacteria present in dairy processing environments

IRELAND/AUSTRIA – Ireland state research agency Teagasc and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria are currently undertaking a project to identify the bacteria present in dairy processing environments to evaluate the impact on Listeria monocytogenes. Food-processing facilities are required to follow regulations to provide food safety assurance. However, the food-processing environment in general is not sterile, Teagasc said.…

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Kerry warns of increased food fraud risk along supply chain

IRELAND – Taste and nutrition solutions provider Kerry has sounded an alarm that food and ingredient shortages could lead to a spike in cases of food fraud along the supply chain. “Instances of raw ingredient and food product shortages have been rife in recent months due to a variety of factors. This means that many consumers have to turn to…

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Bord Bia develops new Food Processor Standard to promote sustainability

IRELAND – Bord Bia, an Irish state agency that promotes sales of Irish food, has developed a new Food Processor Standard (FPS) that requires processors to submit a three-to-five-year sustainability plan. The new standard combines and replaces the Meat Processor Quality Assurance Standard (MPQAS) and the Prepared Fruit and Vegetable Standard (PFVS). The MPQAS was developed for meat factories that…

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Isle of Man announces progress in milk regulations

Britain/Ireland – Isle of Man’s, an island in the Irish sea, Environment Minister has announced the progress made in the regulation and quality of cows’ milk, after a critical scrutiny report highlighted serious flaws in how the island’s dairy industry is regulated. The report had three initial recommendations, the first of which is the need to develop and implement a…

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Safefood launches eLearning tool to provide basic food safety training to new staff

IRELAND – Safefood, a food safety management software company, has launched a new free eLearning tool for small and medium-sized (SMEs) food businesses across Northern Ireland to provide basic food safety training to new staff as they manage a post-pandemic increase in demand. ‘Safefood for business’ is a free online training programme in basic food safety for SME food businesses…

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FSAI urges public to be cautious of cannabis edibles like jelly sweets

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has urged the public to be extremely vigilant to the dangers of inadvertent consumption, particularly by children, of cannabis edibles, products such as jelly sweets containing the psychoactive cannabis component known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The FSAI issues this warning in advance of the Halloween festivities next week where small children, teenagers…

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FSAI Audit of Halal Claims on meat, poultry proves satisfactory

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that its Audit of Halal Claims on Meat and Poultry outcome proved satisfactory despite a number of legislative breaches. The Audit of Halal Claims on Meat and Poultry aimed to assess the validity of claims made by Food Business Operators (FBOs) regarding the halal status of the meat and…

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FSAI publishes guidance note for unpasteurized fermented plant-based products

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published a new guidance note on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for the Production of Ready-to-eat (RTE) Unpasteurized Fermented Plant-based Products to assist producers to produce safe products. The guidance was developed in light of a survey carried out by the FSAI on unpasteurized plant-based fermented beverages such as kombucha, kefir…

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FSAI urges regular fact-checking of breakfast cereal nutrition labels to ascertain credibility

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that consumers cannot be dependent on breakfast cereal nutrition labels to indicate true food composition and should be regularly verified. The report was carried out to assess the use of nutrition labels on breakfast cereals to see whether they can be relied upon to monitor food reformulation of food…

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